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Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary, so opaque - and occasionally so intemperate? In this remarkable book, John Eliot Gardiner distills the fruits of a lifetime's immersion as one of Bach's greatest... read more

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When Bleddyn Butcher first saw The Birthday Party play, back in 1981, he was astonished. And then enthralled. He set about trying to catch their lightning in his Nikon F2AS. That quixotic impulse became a lifelong quest. A little history got made on the way. Collected here for the first time are the fruits of his labour. A Li... read more

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A fascinating insider's account of the formation and early success of two of the world's greatest bands, AC/DC and INXS from the man who helped them on the road to international stardom.

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Jan Swafford's biographies of Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. His magnificent new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the living, breathing human being who composed some of the world's mo... read more

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Author: Ethan Hayden
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Words like "inspiring," "expansive," and "moving" are regularly used to describe Sigur Ros's ( ), and yet the only words heard on the record itself are a handful of meaningless nonsense syllables. The album has no title-or rather, its title is no title: just an empty pair of parentheses. The intention being that listeners wi... read more

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The Doors have become the stuff of music legend, having being one of the first bands to bring the dark side of rock to a mass following. They formed in 1965 and went on to dizzying levels of success - with the wild rock 'n' roll lifestyle to match. As one of the most provocative and influential rock acts of the 1960s, springi... read more

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Fear of Music, the third album by Talking Heads, was recorded and released in 1979. It is, like each of their first four albums, a masterpiece. Edgy, paranoid, funky, addictive, rhythmic, repetitive, spooky, and fun - with Brian Eno's production, it's a record that bursts out of the downtown scene that birthed the band, and h... read more

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Author: Aaron Cohen
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This is a fascinating and thoroughly researched exploration of the best-selling gospel album of all time. For two days in January 1972, Aretha Franklin sang at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles while tape recorders and film cameras rolled. Everyone there knew the event had the potential to be historic: f... read more

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Otherwise known as The Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis has lived an extraordinary life. He spent his childhood raising hell in Louisiana and Mississippi; gave rock-and-roll its devil's edge with hit records like 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On' and 'Great Balls of Fire'; performed with everyone from Elvis Presley to Keith Richards to B... read more

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Lit Up Inside contains the lyrics of about one third of the songs that Van Morrison has written over his 50 year career. In this representative selection from the work of one of the most innovative and enduring songwriters of the last century, the reader will find examples of all the features of the world that Van has created... read more

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'A brilliant story of an even more brilliant songwriter' Keith Richards 'Hilburn displays a deeply felt affinity with his subject' Patti Smith 'The definitive book on the roller-coaster life of Cash' Rick Rubin In JOHNNY CASH: THE LIFE, Robert Hilburn conveys the untarnished truth about a musical icon. Drawing upon his person... read more

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In just fifteen years, Hipgnosis (Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey Po Powell and Peter Christopherson) established themselves as the most important design collective in music history. Their innovative cover art defines the albums of the biggest names of the late 1960s, 70s and early 80s: AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, The Polic... read more

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The paperback edition of the long-awaited book of Neil Cossar's online calendar guide to half a century of rock and pop milestones and trivia. Births, deaths and marriages, No1 singles, drug busts and arrests, famous gigs and awards..all these and much more appear in this fascinating 50 year almanac. Using a page for every da... read more

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From the Beatles to Beyonce, and from Frank Sinatra to the Foo Fighters, this fascinating book presents tracks by every successful band and popular singer.

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The complete lyrics from one of the defining artists in Rock n' Roll, this collections spans Lou Reed's days with the epic Velvet Underground and his solo career. Containing a body of work that spans five decades, "Pass Thru Fire" is a stunning gathering of the lyrics of an American original. Through his many incarnations, fr... read more

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Music-lovers love lists, and this Top 100 from Radio New Zealand's highly respected music guru Nick Bollinger will not disappoint. As his legions of fans know, Bollinger's taste is eclectic: he's as likely to give space to the Axemen as to Bic Runga. His choices come accompanied by some of the most entertaining writing about ... read more

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A musical version of Badjelly, written and narrated by Spike Milligan with music composed and arranged by Ed Welch. Tracklist: Badjelly the witch (a musical tale) The ABC Maverick I've got that photograph of you On the ning nang nong The silly old baboon

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